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“Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is delighted to be powering the Rising Stars Awards for the second year. These awards are critical to celebrate and showcase incredible talent across multiple industries in the UK, something that is particularly important during these challenging times. Diversity and inclusion is more than just a value at RBC, it’s our strength, and it’s one of the ways we bring our purpose of helping clients thrive and communities prosper to life.”

DAVE THOMAS, CEO, RBC EUROPE

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Rising Stars in Banking & Capital Markets

Proudly sponsored by Goldman Sachs

“Goldman Sachs is delighted to sponsor the Banking and Capital Markets Rising Star Award, which recognises women who are role models and future leaders in the industry. As a firm, we continue to be focused on developing and supporting women talent and reaching gender parity over time and hold ourselves accountable via our aspirational goals. An inclusive workplace where all of our people can thrive as their authentic selves enables us to innovate more and better serve the evolving needs of our clients. Awards such as this are critical to providing a platform for both recognition and broader dialogue across the industry.”

ERIKA IRISH BROWN, CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, GOLDMAN SACHS
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Rising Stars in Defence

Proudly sponsored by the British Army

“The Army is delighted to be a sponsor of the Rising Stars Awards 2021. We pride ourselves on being an organisation that drives a culture of diversity and inclusion – vitally underpinning our future success. These awards offer us an opportunity to recognise and thank people who make a significant difference both in the Armed Forces and from within the society we serve.”

MAJOR GENERAL DAVID EASTMAN MBE, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING REGIONAL COMMAND, BRITISH ARMY

Rising Stars in Energy & Utilities

Proudly sponsored by National Grid

“At National Grid, our vision is to build and develop an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce that is fully representative of the communities we serve. But this is a time where it is about more than that. As the world races towards net zero and tackling climate change, we have some real stars in the sector who are working on tomorrow’s solutions. So we need to do everything we can to develop and promote them because our clean energy future depends on them.”

CATHERINE SCHLIEBEN, HEAD OF TALENT, INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY, NATIONAL GRID
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Rising Stars in Insurance

Proudly sponsored by Lloyd's of London

“As a former WeAreTheCity Rising Star winner, I am thrilled that Lloyd’s continues sponsoring the insurance category of the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards. A diverse market with an inclusive culture will be more resilient in the face of growing global complexity thanks to its ability to attract and retain talent. Within Insurance, we want to recognise and champion emerging female talent and encourage other women to step forward and progress their careers.”

MONICA STANCU, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION MANAGER, LLOYD’S

Rising Stars in Investment Management

Proudly sponsored by Northern Trust

“Northern Trust is delighted to be sponsoring the Rising Stars 2021 Investment Management Award and partnering with WeAreTheCity to shine a spotlight on the pipeline of talented women working in our industry. We have a wide range of programmes at Northern Trust to help develop female talent at every level in our organization so that our clients benefit from the innovative thinking that diverse and inclusive teams bring. We wish the best of luck to all the nominees.”

SARAH BODDEY | CHIEF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION OFFICER, EMEA & APAC, NORTHERN TRUST
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Rising Stars in Education & Academia

Proudly sponsored by Oxford Said Business School

“Despite a higher rate of women graduating from universities and graduate programmes, the number of women represented at CEO or Managing Director level remains low at just 9% globally. Together with WATC we are determined to make a change. Our commitment to research, education and networks ensures we develop and nurture female talent in business. We are proud to support the Rising Star Awards which allow us all to celebrate the achievements of talented women throughout the UK, and welcome the next generation of trailblazers who inspire us.“

CAROLINE WILLIAMS | DIRECTOR OF OPEN PROGRAMMES, SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL

Rising Stars in Healthcare

Proudly sponsored by GSK

“GSK are delighted, in 2021, to be again supporting the Rising Stars Healthcare category. We know how important it is to support women to succeed at all levels within healthcare organisations if we are going to get the best outcomes for our customers and patients. This is a small step in helping to shine a light on some of the stars in healthcare who are making this happen.”

SUSAN BONCI DEL BENE, UK’s HR COUNTRY HEAD, GSK
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Rising Stars in Company of the Year

Proudly sponsored by Bloomberg

“Bloomberg is delighted once again to be supporting WeAreTheCity, in highlighting UK’s top female talent and the next generation of future female leaders. Bloomberg is committed to amplifying women’s voices and these awards are critical in recognising these women’s achievements and potential.”

MANISHA MEHROTRA | HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FOR EMEA, BLOOMBERG

Rising Stars in Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)

Proudly sponsored by Reed Smith

“We are thrilled to be able to again support and celebrate the Lynne Freeman Rising Stars in Law! They represent the best and the brightest that our industry has to offer – talented young women who are no doubt destined for leadership in their chosen fields. Just as their role models have inspired them, they too will inspire more rising stars through their capability, creativity, and commitment to being the best of the best.”

TAMARA BOX | MANAGING PARTNER EME, REED SMITH
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Rising Star Champions

Proudly sponsored by CMI Women

“CMI Women is delighted to be supporting the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards Champions category, to showcase the role models actively advocating gender balance in the workplace to help us take a step closer to benefiting from an inclusive environment. Diversity is the foundation for good leadership and management, delivering better results, reduced risk and access to a wide talent pool. CMI Women is at the forefront of driving gender balance in the workplace, encouraging organisations to put gender diversity at the heart of their agenda and develop the pipeline of female managers and leaders.”

ANN FRANCKE OBE CMgr CCMI FIC | CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CMI

Rising Stars in Technology

Proudly sponsored by Accenture

“The diversity of our people is part of what makes Accenture exceptional. We recognise that each person has unique strengths, and by embracing those strengths, we all deliver innovation – together. That’s why we’re committed to a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and growing the percentage of women managing directors globally to 25% by 2021. We are incredibly proud to sponsor the WeAreTheCity Technology Rising Star award, showcasing amazing female talent in technology and continuing to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”

SHAHEEN SAYED | SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEALTH & PUBLIC SERVICE, ACCENTURE
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Rising Stars in Professional Services

Proudly sponsored by Oliver Wyman

“We are delighted to support the next generation of future leaders by sponsoring the ‘Rising Stars in Professional Services’ award 2021. At Oliver Wyman, we believe that inclusion drives diversity, and diversity enables better business outcomes, as well as a more lively and fun workplace. As such, we are dedicated to maintaining and strengthening an inclusive culture where exceptional people with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and ways of thinking can thrive and reach their full potential.”

KAIJIA GU | PARTNER & LONDON OFFICE LEADER, OLIVER WYMAN

Rising Stars in Charity & Not-For-Profit

Proudly sponsored by Cancer Research UK

“Cancer Research UK is delighted to be supporting the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards, by sponsoring the “Rising Stars in Charity” category for the fifth year. It is important to us to be involved with the Awards and to play our part in shaping the future of women on their way to the top in this sector. We are keen to continue to instil a diverse working culture where everyone can reach their full potential and this is reflected in our commitment to flexible working, nurturing of female talent and an inclusive recruitment and selection process. We are honoured to show our support for the next generation of female leaders in the sector by sponsoring these awards.”

CARO EVANS | DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS, HIGH VALUE FUNDRAISING EVENTS & TALENT AND INFLUENCER RELATIONS, CANCER RESEARCH UK
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Rising Stars in HR & Recruitment

Proudly sponsored by Elysian

“An inclusive workforce is a platform for growth in every way, it enables diversity to thrive and something we at Elysian are passionate about. We are on a mission to educate firms and empower Women to see all options as opportunities. So proud to sponsor WeAreTheCity as the more we can do to make a cultural shift and educate young girls and women about great role models in all industries and roles the more accessible these opportunities will be for all.”

JEMMA GAJIC | MANAGING DIRECTOR, ELYSIAN SEARCH CONSULTING

Rising Stars in Diversity

Proudly sponsored by Citi

“Citi is honoured to be sponsoring the Rising Stars in Diversity award for 2021 to celebrate those who are driving leadership in equality and the proven benefits of diversity throughout our communities and workplaces. Diverse and inclusive teams are the foundation for driving value, making the best decisions and delivering the best for our clients, the market and the communities we operate in. As we look to the future, these rising stars will help to develop the diversity of thought leadership that will be pivotal to innovation and progress”

JAMES BARDRICK | UK COUNTRY HEAD AND CEO OF CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS LIMITED 
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Rising Stars Men For Gender Balance

Proudly sponsored by HSBC

“HSBC is proud to be sponsoring the Rising Stars award for Men for Gender Balance for 2021.  In order to achieve gender balance in our organisations we know that men and women must work together effectively to build positive working environments and to enable everyone to thrive.  We are pleased to see the best practices, new ideas and energy that the men in this category are bringing to the gender diversity agenda.”

BIRGIT NEU | GLOBAL HEAD OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, HSBC

Rising Stars in Infrastructure, Transport & Logistics

Proudly sponsored by Highways Sector Council

“The Highways Sector Council is delighted to be supporting WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards, by sponsoring the Transport. Logistics and Infrastructure category. We believe that this is a great opportunity to showcase our commitment to supporting the female pipeline in the transport, logistics and infrastructure sector.

Creating visible role models plays a key role in helping change the face and image of our sector.”

ANNA DELVECCHIO | DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, MOTT MACDONALD & HIGHWAYS SECTOR COUNCIL
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Rising Stars - EA & PA

Proudly sponsored by C&C Search

“This is our second year as a proud sponsor. Alongside WATC, C&C Search shares an absolute commitment to nurturing and supporting a diverse female pipeline.  In a year where politics and power has dominated the conversation, it’s a real privilege for us to be part of the Rising Star Awards.

“C&C partners with our clients to foster cultures that truly support, grow and celebrate female talent in the workplace. We believe that collaboration and strong leadership is key to opening up more creative, innovative and engaged talent pools. C&C is delighted to support the next generation of female talent, setting new standards in professional development, inspiration and community.”

LUCY CHAMBERLAIN | FOUNDER, C&C SEARCH

Rising Stars in Science & Engineering

Proudly sponsored by 3M

“Supporting the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects lies at the heart of 3M’s community programme in the UK. As a science-based innovation company, we are particularly keen to encourage female students to consider STEM careers. We are therefore delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Science and Engineering category, helping to shine a light on role models who can inspire the next generation.”

TINA MONK, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LEAD, NORTH EUROPE REGION, 3M

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